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From Neuroscience Research Techniques

Two new studies in the journal Cell Reports reveal the molecular mechanisms that are key to how the brain rewires itself when we learn new information. Scientists at Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat in Munich, Germany already knew that mRNA molecules targeted specific dendrites in the post-synaptic cell to bring protein blueprints only to neuronal connections that were involved in learning. The researchers were surprised to learn that these RNA granules were actually rather heterogeneous, carrying a wide array of proteins and transcription machinery. Interestingly, these granules also contained transcription repression proteins, which shows that the transport of mRNA granules is separate process from the targeted synthesis of proteins. In a separate study, the researchers worked to characterize the specific mRNA molecules in the granules. Although these results are very preliminary, the researchers say that they have made an important step in understanding how activity at the synapse can alter mRNA transport and protein synthesis in the post-synaptic cell.Read more: http://bit.ly/19kS9VSJournal articles: Interactome of Two Diverse RNA Granules Links mRNA Localization to Translational Repression in Neurons. Cell Reports, 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2013.11.023Staufen2 Regulates Neuronal Target RNAs. Cell Reports, 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2013.11.039Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

From Neuroscience Research Techniques

Two new studies in the journal Cell Reports reveal the molecular mechanisms that are key to how the brain rewires itself when we learn new information. Scientists at Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat in Munich, Germany already knew that mRNA molecules targeted specific dendrites in the post-synaptic cell to bring protein blueprints only to neuronal connections that were involved in learning. The researchers were surprised to learn that these RNA granules were actually rather heterogeneous, carrying a wide array of proteins and transcription machinery. Interestingly, these granules also contained transcription repression proteins, which shows that the transport of mRNA granules is separate process from the targeted synthesis of proteins. In a separate study, the researchers worked to characterize the specific mRNA molecules in the granules. Although these results are very preliminary, the researchers say that they have made an important step in understanding how activity at the synapse can alter mRNA transport and protein synthesis in the post-synaptic cell.

Read more: http://bit.ly/19kS9VS
Journal articles: Interactome of Two Diverse RNA Granules Links mRNA Localization to Translational Repression in Neurons. Cell Reports, 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2013.11.023
Staufen2 Regulates Neuronal Target RNAs. Cell Reports, 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2013.11.039
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

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